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SCANDAL ABC: Defiance, Ohio - Is It On or Off the Table?

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A Woman Scorned, directed by Tony Goldwyn, aired May 2, 2013.   Mellie, the president's wife, is the woman scorned. Her ultimatum to President Fitz does not win. He goes to Olivia and sits out the ultimatum time with her. Has Mellie set up James, husband of Chief of Staff Cyrus, for the nationally televised interview where she tells the country about Fitz and her separation and his cheating on her? Or is he in on it? Is James the mole?

Abby says that Defiance is over. How does she know that? Is Abby the mole?

In the meantime, Charlie (a hired CIA assassin) has the computer belonging to the court stenographer for the Grand Jury for Defiance. This is Case 12-T-566. Charlie has been courting her to get the computer; he does so by stealing it. So Defiance is not over for Charlie. Who is right, Charlie or Abby?

Meanwhile, a shadowy figure (played by Joe Morton) working for the CIA and presumably the head of B613, wants Jake to take out Charlie. Does this have to do with Defiance? Is Jake the mole? Or more likely, is the CIA operative played by Morton the mole?

Or none of the above? Kudos to Shonda Rhimes because it is really very hard to know.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Shonda Rhimes said, "When we revealed who the mole was to the cast, cast members literally got up from the table and ran around the table screaming, which was hilarious. Then when we revealed the twist on the twist of who the mole was, I thought I'd have to sedate cast members because people were freaking out, which was awesome. It's not just who the mole is, it's who the mole is working with and what's going on there that's even bigger than just who the mole is. We're really proud of who the mole is, that's a pretty surprising twist but it's even bigger than that."

So, is it Olivia?


On Scandal Defiance, Ohio showed a very real way to rig an election. I have written about that here and here. Now there are two new important developments happening that will make the rigging of elections even easier.


Recently, the Colorado Senate passed the   Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act. The House had already passed it. I am concerned with the section of the bill stating that every eligible voter will be mailed a ballot, whether they request one or not. Mailed in ballots are one of the best ways to rig an election. Think the zip code is from a democratic neighborhood? Get rid of the envelope. There is no way to protect the chain of custody. Ballots can be lost, stolen, destroyed, not counted. Who would ever know? Furthermore, voting-by-mail destroys the privacy of the voting booth. Someone at home with the voter can intimidate a person to vote for a candidate not of her/his choice. Oregon state already has total vote-by-mail voting. Who will be next? Work and organize to make sure it is not your state.

Bev Harris reports that a Washington state judge has ruled that bar codes used in mail-in-voting are illegal. The ruling by Judge Eaton is included in her press release. In another article she cites that election officials in Malaysia, April 26, 2013, were caught recording serial numbers of mail-in ballots before they were mailed. It is feared such recording can easily lead to the identification of voters. We must maintain the secrecy of the ballot.


Many lawmakers and election officials are talking more and more about internet voting. Alex Halderman and his team from the University of Michigan easily hacked into an internet voting test pilot in Washington, D.C.   A recent and excellent report by Jim Soper on April 17, 2013, "Internet Voting Risks," is must reading. Verified Voting has put out a comprehensive statement warning of the dangers of internet voting. Michael Agresta writes in The Wall Street Journal about why we should not vote on line. Read here an account of the "biggest cyberattack in Internet history," April 2013, Natalie Tennant, Secretary of State in West Virginia, still wants to use online voting, despite Halderman's famous hacking and all the caveats by computer experts against it.

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